David Price dominates in Tigers first win
David Price pitched 8.2 innings allowing five hits and no runs, as the Detroit Tigers beat their division-rival Minnesota Twins 4-0 on Opening Day in Mo-Town. The 29 year-old pitcher struck out five batters and was one batter away from capturing his third career shutout before allowing two base-runners in the ninth inning before being pulled in favor of Joe Nathan, who struck out Tori Hunter to end the game.
J.D. Martinez hit a solo home run that started the Tigers three-run second inning, and newly acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a double and triple in his debut for Detroit who won on Opening Day for the seventh year in a row.
The Twins starter Phil Hughes could not get comfortable pitching six innings allowing all four runs on eight hits, while striking out six in his first Opening Day start for Minnesota. The Twins offense was not much better, managing five total hits, three in the first eight innings.
The series will continue Wednesday as the Tigers will start Anibal Sanchez against the Twins Ricky Nolasco, who looks to rebound from a difficult 2014 season.
Dan Schalk covers the MLB for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk